The career of Joe DeVries spanned 50 years in the fields of hydraulic engineering, irrigation system analysis, and hydrology. Joe was a licensed civil engineer and registered hydrologist. He held a PhD in hydraulic engineering and was a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer, a distinction assigned by the American Academy of Water Resource Engineers.


Joe worked on many impactful projects, including design of the California Aqueduct; projects for the United Nations, the World Bank, and the state of Gujarat in India; computer model applications in Japan and Canada; improvement of flood forecasting with the World Meteorological Organization; a USAID irrigation project in Morocco; and co-teaching a class in Taiwan.

Joe was a principal engineer at Ford Engineers from 2001 to 2012. Prior to that, he worked as a research engineer and lecturer at UC Davis and as an engineer at the California Department of Water Resources. Through UC Davis, he also had an engineering appointment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center.


Joe died on December 8, 2013. He was a dear friend and colleague. Our staff looked up to Joe for many reasons including the depth of his expertise, his great ability to teach and mentor young engineers, and his unfailing positive approach to life.

Read Joe’s memoirs here.